Hello, my name is Sophie and this is my 1000th blogpost at Sophie Junction.
For an occasional blogger like me, it feels pretty impressive. Considering I started blogging here in October, 2005, it's probably less impressive, but still shows some sort of perseverance, I suppose, and is worth mentioning and, maybe even, celebrating a little.
Of course, since 2005, I've blogged in other places–some old and new blogs on Blogspot, some group blogs, and on the BlockLotto.com and so I know the real number of posts by me in blogland could easily be double that number ...
Yesterday, I made the name badge above for guild meetings, it measures 2 3/4 by 3 1/2 inches–close to the size of the stick on labels on which it was based. Although I purposely placed the letters in HELLO askew to make it clear that it was made from fabric and thread, at least one person was surprised when I said something about adding that binding.
Sunday night, I finished stitching down the piped binding on the 6 by 8 inch Sophie Junction stitchery.
It has replaced the old street sign at the top of this blog ... though I have some ideas about tweaking the design a little more. After 1000 blog posts, the design probably deserves a little attention.
While I haven't given up working on my technique with that faux-piped binding technique, this little piece has REAL piping ... which is still much more in my comfort zone.
You can also get a close look at some of the free-motion quilting here. My intent was to create quilty texture, though if you look close you can see that I was thinking about the pine covered mountains, low clouds, scruffy grasses and occasional flowers that I can see from my studio.
A giveaway seems to be in order. Since something shiny and new is not in my budget these days, I thought I might offer a collection of fabrics from my stash in a color-way of your choosing in a quilted tote with along with a little something made by me for you.
I was thinking of a plain, functional tote like this one, though this will be made for you and so I'll want your input.
I's also like to include a little something, a pin a pincushion, a sewing kit, a small pillow cover, a mug rug, a little doll-sized quilt, or even a skinkin' name badge of your very own ... or some other small thing that I've made or that you'd like me to make for you that you'd like to have.
Here are some of those little things I've made for myself and others that might give you some ideas about what you'd like to find in your tote if you won.
To enter, leave a comment telling me what color fabrics you'd like from my stash and what little made-by-me surprise would put a smile on your face and would be useful to you. I'll pick a winner when I wake up next Monday (5/26) morning.
I considered joining the massive SMS giveaway train last week, but decided that this giveaway is a thank you to those that already follow along with my mis-adventures in quilting and life, not a carrot to attract new followers. Perhaps I have lasted through those seven and a half years and 1000 blog posts because I do this for fun, not personal or commercial gain ... and I do believe that if you're not having fun, you're not doing it right. (I even have that quote engraved on the back of my iPad.)